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- - Djokovic: "Congratulations to Rafa and his team for another title; he is a great player. I am privileged to be in this position for the first time. Rafa was a better player and I hope to come back next year and play even better."
- - Nadal, clutching the Musketeers Cup: "For me it is a great honour. This tournament is probably the most special in the world and having this trophy with me I am really emotional. It is probably one of the most special moments in my career."
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 - DOUBLE FAULT FROM DJOKOVIC TO FINISH - NADAL WINS A SEVENTH TITLE AT ROLAND GARROS!
- - Djokovic initially deals with the pressure the better, finding length on his shots but showing a little hesitancy again at the net. However he hits long for 30-30... and Nadal then has match point!
- - A Mexican Wave moves around Chatrier prior to this game, which Djokovic must hold to stay in the match. Great atmosphere inside the place, and the threat of rain has abated - for now.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 6-5 - Djokovic drops a backspin backhand down the line just wide then Nadal crashes his fourth ace of the match up the middle for 30-0. But from a position of power back comes Nole: first Nadal is angry that a shot was not called out – he did not stop the rally to allow the mark to be inspected – then his opponent arrives at the net to batter a forehand for 30-30. Nadal takes the next point and converts game point after a tense rally which sees Nole lob him - just long!
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 5-5 - Great response from Djokovic to keep this final going. Nadal throws everything at him but he responds in kind – and a big serve is mis-hit on the return from high up by Nadal to level matters in the set. And the sun is now fully out!
- - But they have manfully opted to restart! Game on! A break now and Nadal wins!
- - Just as they were about to play, it began to throw it down! They are waiting it out on court for now, shivering under towels...
- - Another quick court inspection, but we should be okay for now... famous last words, perhaps?
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 5-4 – Djokovic’s backhand misfiring while Nadal is looking strong on his forehand. The Serbian desperate to put his rival on to his weaker backhand, but unable to as Nadal is quick enough to run around the ball on this surface, despite its increased speed today.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 4-4 - Djokovic surprisingly hesitant as he advances into an attacking position, but a poor defensive shot from Nadal put the world number one 30-15 up nonetheless. An error draws them level but back roars Nole, polishing off an important hold with a stunning ace on to the sideline.
- - The brollies are going up as rain arrives. Oh bugger. Can someone gain an advantage before play is stopped?
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 4-3 - Nadal imperious on the forehand to move 30-0 up but then sends one long. However it is a momentary blip in a dominant hold. /// You can watch the match LIVE right now on British Eurosport, or online using the Player. WATCH ON THE EUROSPORT PLAYER
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 3-3 - Djokovic attacks the net to soft volley for the first point but hangs back more for the remainder of the game. Nadal executes a delightful forehand winner on to the sideline for 15-15 but a similar effort up the line drops marginally wide as the Serbian moves 40-15 ahead. And the umpire overturns a line call after leaping down from his chair to inspect the clay to conclude the hold.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 3-2 - Nadal sends a wonderful winner spinning sideways away from Nole's racquet following another huge rally to start the game. From there the hold is simple for the world number two.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 2-2 - BREAK BACK - The court is playing quicker than yesterday, with the ball bouncing quite high off the hardened surface. An error from Nole gives Nadal a 15-30 lead but the Spaniard then puts a forehand into the net. Another juicy baseline rally ends with the Serbian hitting into the net while in the ascendancy... and Nadal passes his rival with a backhand after a fortunate netcord! Back on serve.
- - Djokovic, a break up but two sets to one down, to serve first.
12:09 - It is 18 degrees in Paris. There is heavy rain at Charles de Gaulle airport which is hopefully not heading towards the action...
12:05 - World number one Nole and six-times Roland Garros champion Nadal - looking for a record seventh - are knocking up.
12:04 - Mats Wilander reckons this is the biggest tennis match for 40-odd years - do you agree? LET ME KNOW ON TWITTER
12:04 - Nadal and Djokovic are out on court, a little later than planned as was the case yesterday.
12:01 - Thousands of tennis fans were left hopping mad when the contest spilled over to a second day after rain halted play in the fourth set. FANS LEFT FUMING
12:00 - The forecast is for some rain, but we should get the match finished today according to the official Roland Garros website. It is not raining at present and we are just awaiting the entry of the two stars.
12:00 - Good afternoon and welcome back to Paris!
- - LATEST (18:45 GMT, 19:45 CET): Organisers expect another 90 minutes or so of light, should the rain let up any time soon. It would have to happen in short order if we are to conclude the tournament today though, I'm afraid.
- - Given the severity of this second delay and the local time in France (now 19:30), it's looking likely that the final may well carry over to tomorrow - especially with Djokovic threatening a comeback and fifth set...
- - J.P Agwadike (@JidePaschal): "Nadal has won 6 out of the last 7 at Roland Garros, won't be bad if the stats drop to 6 in 8"
- - I have to agree with those of you on Twitter suggesting the second delay could work in Djokovic's favour. While many imagined the pause in current momentum would be the telltale sign of the first suspension of play, it appeared to be the damp clay which hurt Rafa more than anything. He began to skid a lot more than in the first two sets and much like in Madrid, it was winding him up.
- - If it makes any of you feel better, here's a clip of Novak Djokovic smashing things up with his racquet in the second set: Video
- - Bad news: the covers are on at court Philippe Chatrier. This could be a more substantial delay.
- - In the meantime, we have a few clips of the final online at uk.eurosport.yahoo.com - first, here's Djokovic sportingly conceding a point that the umpire tried to restart at 6-4 2-3: Video
- - Uh-oh. Rain has returned. ANOTHER suspension in play. Here's hoping it's a very short one...
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 1-2 - The momentum grinds to a halt for Djok - after returning the opening point of the third game, he tightens up and nets twice before Rafa takes advantage with his first run of assertive play in a little while, holding to 15 to finally stop the rot.
- - The last game has put Djokovic ahead in total points won for the first time in the match. He currently has 96 to Rafa's 93.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 0-2 - Another hold to love from Djokovic makes it eight in a row. Rafa is looking every bit as frustated as the Serb was just an hour ago. Will we have a fifth set at Roland Garros, when it looked impossible at one stage?
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 0-1 - BREAK! - Nadal nets to end an exhausting 44-shot rally, the longest of the game so far, but responds with a great backhand drop for 30-30. Rafa sets up the hold point but Djok rockets the forehand beyond the Spaniard for deuce before again exploiting Nadal's approaches to break from first advantage. SEVEN straight games for the rebounding top seed!
- - Third set stats (Djokovic-Nadal): Aces 2-0; unforced errors 8-4; winners 8-3; total points won 31-19.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-6 - SET! - Fantastic from the best in the world today! Effortless hold to love makes it SIX straight games and Djokovic finally takes a set from the clay master.
- - @SegunSopitan: "Nadal to take it in 4 sets. That would be a feat in itself for @DjokerNole as I felt Rafa had been scary all two weeks! Beastly!" @bamuhaira: "Novac is trying to get back to his feet; If his real spirit of a fighter comes back, we are likely to spend a lot of time here"
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-5 - BREAK! - Rafa's sweet sweeping forehand lob sets up a hold point, but erratic first and second service has plagued game seven for the champ and his out from deuce makes it five games in a row now for DJok, who serves for the third set.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-4 - Four on the bounce now from Djok. A hold to 15 leaves him in a good position to pull a set back here. May not be a foregone conclusion after all. We'll see how the clay king responds...
- - Olusegun Alawode (@segunalawode): "awaiting the fat lady". @aspiretrust: "one important memory: Man City 1 QPR 2. What happened next?"
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-3 - BREAK! - Some of the best stuff from Djokovic yet. Assured returns and great positioning maniuplate two outs en route to a triple break point, and after failing to keep a Rafa drop in play, he returns the second of the three to turn the set on its head.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-2 - Nadal takes the first two points with a delicate drop and a fierce return, but Djok levels with a drop and a blaster of his own. He earns a hold point from there, only to double fault for deuce. Another chance is neutralised before the Serb finally serves up the hold in laboured fashion. All square in the third again.
- - Both players have been spotless in their net approaches thus far in the third set, though Djokovic has a better percentage throughout the match at 69 to Nadal's 55.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-1 - BREAK! - Admirable response from Nole as he returns the first two points of the second game. An errant Rafa lob seals a double break point and only the one is needed. Djokovic has come back from three games down and two games down in the early going of the previous two sets. Will he hold to make it three? More importantly, can he keep it going this time? It's all over if not.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-0 - BREAK! - the top seed continues to let his frustrations rise to the surface as he slumps to a triple break point at the hands of the superb returns of Nadal. He stretches the champ well to pull one back but Nadal finishes the job straight afterwards. Rafa is simply unplayable at the moment.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 1-0 - Djokovic's forehand returns are on top form in the third set opener, but Nadal nonetheless proves too much in service. A break-dodging smash at the end of a fantastic rally is the highlight before the Spaniard holds from first advantage. The Serb is unable to do what Nadal did to him twice and begin with a break.
- - Lauren Bamuhaira (@bamuhaira) says: "Djokovic needs to keep his cool; He was beginning show a lot of frustration & tht cld be a boost to Nadal"
- - Second set stats (Djokovic-Nadal): Aces 0-1; double faults 2-2; unforced errors 13-7; winners 10-12; total points won 26-34.
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 - SET! - If anyone felt the delay would allow Novak to catch a second wind, it's going to have to be a strong enough gust to get him up the mountain he now has to climb. Nadal slips a winner underneath the Serb to claim the second of a double break point. A double triple break in the match puts the champ 2-0 ahead in sets!
- - You can also keep an eye on the action visually. The final is LIVE on British Eurosport right now. More info
- - The rain hasn't dampened the spirit of the crowd. They are in full voice as Djokovic gets the final back on - he serves to survive in the second set.
- - While Djokovic and Nadal warm up once again, keep yourself ticking over with Eurosport analyst Jason Goodall's Hawk-Eye summary of the strengths and weaknesses of the two players: Can Djok stop Rafa?
- - The players are back out on court and the fans are slowly filing back to their seats.
- - @umareps: "I actually have an exam tom. so I'm hoping the match restarts ASAP!!" best of luck with that...
- - Hearing that the players and officials are getting ready to restart shortly. Good news!
- - @viganaliu says: "And if game is delayed two or three hours it's nothing , it's in rafa's hand and he will win it."
- - Hoping the delay will be over shortly, this appears (touch wood) to be a passing shower. We will keep you up to speed. In the meantime, keep your thoughts coming via Twitter. Rain delays are lonely times in Eurosport Towers...
- - Onazi (@onazi) feels the delay will only spur Nadal on to finish the job: " I hope not..d rain shld rather aid rafa's game..go rafa..lol" and Fawole (@fawolefemi) has his own benefits from the weather: "was praying for a rain delay so I can get home and watch my Nadal destroy D Djoker....hehehe"
- - No covers yet but the rainfall has picked up over the last few minutes, enough to warrant a retreat. Hopefully this is only a brief respite. Will the delay aid Djokovic's hopes of staying alive in the final? Let me know on Twitter @liamhappe
- - He may just have his wish! Play is suspended at 6-4 5-3 Nadal...
- - NADAL 6-4 5-3 - The champ keeps the pressure on with a flawless hold to love and is one game away from a two-set advantage. Nole will be hoping for the rain to intensify...
- - NADAL 6-4 4-3 - BREAK! - The rain has begun to drizzle, but not too many umbrellas out yet. Nothing wet about Nadal's returns in the seventh of the second, however, as he steps it up at 30-30 and seals the double-break - his fifth of the match so far. Djok responds by smashing up the Perrier hoarding by his seat with his racquet and earns jeers and a warning for his troubles.
- - That was the only ace of the set so far, with Rafa 2-0 up in aces won overall.
- - NADAL 6-4 3-3 - Slight controversy in the second point as Rafa's forehand winner is negated when the ball in from Djok is called out, only for the umpire to rule it in. Despite Nadal's response meaning it's his point either way, the official ruling is a replayed point until Novak sportingly concedes. The Serb backhands a point back, but eventually succumbs to the hold to 15, wrapped up by a cracking ace.
- - NADAL 6-4 2-3 - Djokovic holds well once more to lead a set for the first time in this final. Some of the predictions coming in that he'd take the second in dogged fashion may well come good.
- - NADAL 6-4 2-2 - BREAK! - Djokovic preys on Nadal's weakest service thus far with some impressive defending, and a cross-court forehand sets up a double break point. Another exhausting rally ends with yet another remarkably casual-yet-spectacular Djok forehand lob to take the first of the two and pull back to level terms in the set.
- - @Emmlyke feels Djok can still level in sets - though doing so by going the distance: "7-5 Djokovic, in d 2nd set, i support him doh, but's gonna be tougher dat wat he's seen"
- - Winners so far in the match: Djokovic 12-11 Nadal; total points won: Djokovic 38-49 Nadal.
- - NADAL 6-4 2-1 - Djok backhands his way to the opening two points off his serve, but a great point-blank reply to his smash attempt pulls one back for Rafa before the Serb's own drop volley nets for 30-30. The duo exchange forehand winners for deuce, but an unforced error followed by a powerful first serve sees Novak hold for his first game of the set.
- - NADAL 6-4 2-0 - Good reactions from Djokovic ask serious questions of the Rafa serve and allow the Serb to move into deuce, where a delicious lob for break point is negated by Rafa immediately afterward. Nadal makes two hold points, smashing the second for another 2-0 lead in the set.
- - NADAL 6-4 1-0 - BREAK! - An engrossing and balanced opening game in the second set ultimately comes down to Djokovic's errors from deuce once more. A double fault again hands Nadal the break on first advantage and the Spaniard begins this set as he had the first.
- - Set one stats (Djokovic-Nadal): First serve % 48-62; Aces 0-1; Double faults 1-2; Unforced errors 17-10; Winners 10-8; Total points won 30-37.
- - NADAL 6-4 - SET! - An unstoppable smash and a slick drop shot at the end of the longest rally of the contest thus far garner a double set point for the Spaniard, and he only needs one courtesy of a wicked forehand on second serve. The clay king draws first blood despite the top seed's stirring resistence!
- - NADAL 5-4 - Djokovic begins with a wonderful backhand drop to claim the opening rally before catching a lurking Nadal off-guard with a lob at full stretch. Despite netting immediately afterward, the Serb goes on to hold to 15. Nadal, however, will now serve for the first set.
- - NADAL 5-3 - Nadal slows down the pace between points on the current ball, and it benefits his focus in service as the champ holds to 15 to move onto the verge of the opening set.
- - NADAL 4-3 - BREAK! - See-saw seventh game as Rafa's backhand returns flash hot and cold once again. This time the success rate is balanced and take matters to deuce, where Djokovic fluffs his lines and a double fault hands the Spaniard his third break on the first advantage.
- - Emmanuel Nwachukwu (@emmiyke) suggested at 3-0 that Nole could come back, and you were spot on mate... can the world number one sustain it?
- - Nadal had been broken only once on his way to the final. That tally has trebled in the opening six games alone.
- - Umar on the Novak fightback: "In stark contrast to the first 3 games, Rafa is no longer playing his balls as deep. He's slowly allowing Djoko back"
- - NADAL 3-3 - BREAK! - Nole is succeeding in pulling Nadal into more of a protracted battle now, but only a blistering forehand denies the hold and takes us into deuce. The umpire races out to check a mark which was out by Djokovic, but the Serb replies with a powerful series of returns to save again. Djok rescues a third game point before a double-fault and an out see Rafa pulled back to level terms in the opening set!
- - NADAL 3-2 - Djok's confidence builds and only a sharp return on the first of a triple hold point denies him the sweep - nonetheless the Serb finishes the job to pull back to within one game.
- - NADAL 3-1 - BREAK! - Novak takes his first points against Rafa's serve as he claws back to 30-30 from two down. From deuce, it is the top seed who earns a break point from first advantage and maintains the power forehand long enough to take the rally for his first break. An important game, that one.
- - Unforced errors thus far: Djok 8, Nadal zero.
- - NADAL 3-0 - BREAK! - 13 minutes into the final and we have a double break. Rafa goes bezerk on the backhand returns and the end results are more in than out. The Serb picks up two points but otherwise has little to offer once again.
- - Hoang Nguyen (@hoangdna) on Rafa's bright start: "so far so good for Nadal. High expectation for his keeping this momentum"
- - NADAL 2-0 - The Spaniard is setting an early marker here. He keeps Djokovic on the back foot throughout a comfortable love service game to move clear in the opening set.
- - NADAL 1-0 - BREAK! - Big start for the reigning title-holder who opts for spin over pace in his returns and notches up a triple break point in the process. Djokovic is able to charge up that forehand, however, and bully his way back to deuce. A superb cross-court backhand gives Rafa first advantage, and he converts it for an opening break of Nole's serve.
- - Djokovic begins with serve... and the French Open men's final is underway!
14:20 - It's a little overcast at the moment. The threat of rain at some stage looms, and the wind's packing a bit of a punch. But the players finish their final warm-ups and we're ready to roll. Remember, you can watch the action online LIVE courtesy of Eurosport Player. More info
14:15 - We are moments away from getting started in Paris. Before we do, some last-minute predictions: Chuks Azunna @cazunna says Rafa in three, Bojan Vlacic @bojan_vlacic fancies Nole 3-1, Umar Ismail @umareps suspects Djok may rise to the occasion for this final despite tepid form recently.
14:10 - Nadal arrives on court and is followed by Djokovic. The reaction to each man is pretty much equal from the live attendance, great receptions ahead of what should be a stellar finale.
14:05 - Maria Sharapova established herself as one of the greats in the women's final yesterday when French Open success over surprise package Sara Errani made her the 10th female to secure a career Grand Slam. Report
14:00 - Abu-Bakar (@abl_10) would make a fortune in the marketing industry: "It's the ultimate challenge for both guys. King of Clay vs Champ of Time !!!"
13:55 - STATS COMPARISON: 2012 Roland Garros semis (Djokovic-Nadal) - Aces 32-15; Double Faults 7 7; 1st Serve % 67% 63%; 1st Serve Points Won 73% 80%; Games Lost 81 35; Sets Lost 4 0; Time On Court 16 hours, 34 minutes 12 hours, 22 minutes.
13:50 - Christian (@th3butch3r) hopes Nole can resist the clay form of Nadal enough to help produce a thriller: "a fit injury free Rafa is unbeatable in five on Clay. I'm happy to be proven wrong as if Djok wins we are in for best match ever"
13:45 - Regarding the threat of rain disruptions: the skies are currently clear and we are optimistic of an unhindered final in Paris. However, there are mixed reports as to whether the heavens will open during the course of the action. At the very least we should be safe from a repeat of the final these two men contested last month in Rome, which was delayed by 24 hours thanks to the weather... Nadal regains Rome Masters title
13:40 - Get warmed up with our preview piece, complete with video and quotes heading into the clay climax: Djokovic faces ultimate test against Nadal
13:35 - We want YOUR thoughts on the final before, during and after the action. Want to get involved? Follow me on Twitter - @liamhappe - and tweet over your predictions, observations and messages of support. We will be publishing them throughout!
13:30 - Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE online text coverage as the 2012 French Open draws to a fitting conclusion: top seed Novak Djokovic meets Roland Garros master and curent title holder Rafa Nadal.
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